With summers getting shorter, finding a way to schedule a 36-hole high school tournament can be difficult.
Franklin County’s boys golf team has done it. The Flyers will be hosting the 16th annual Flyer Classic Monday at the Frankfort Country Club.
The tournament has been a two-day event for several years, but this year the entire tournament will be played in one day.
There will be a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. with everyone playing 18 holes. After play is completed, the pairings will be reworked, golfers will have lunch, and the second 18 holes will begin with a shotgun start at 2 p.m.
“The golf season has become so compacted and the start of school is early,” FCHS boys golf coach James Myers said. “We wanted to make things better and bigger and different.”
This year’s tournament will have 18 teams, including Western Hills. Besides FCHS, other past champions in the field will be Dunbar, Henry Clay, Lexington Catholic and Lexington Christian.
The Flyers opened their season Friday, finishing as runner-up in the North Bullitt Invitational played at Heritage Hill Golf Club in Shepherdsville.
FCHS junior Jacob Cook won the tournament with a three-under par 69, and the Flyers posted a 302 team score.
North Oldham won the tournament with a 299, and Elizabethtown took third at 310. The tournament had a field of 22 teams.
Franklin County’s other scores were C.J. Jones and Will Molen, 76; and Ben Nolan and Luke Kellerman, 81.
Cook, Nolan and Kellerman are tri-captains for this year’s team. Nolan and Kellerman are seniors.
Jones, a sophomore, is a transfer from South Warren High School in Bowling Green and has played in three state tournaments.
Returning varsity players for FCHS in addition to the tri-captains are sophomores Molen and Sam Nolan, freshman Will Harnice and juniors John Harnice and Jacob Bruce.
FCHS played in the Cardinal Classic Saturday, hosted by Taylor County High School at Campbellsville Country Club.
The Flyers were runners-up with a score of 309, and Cook and Jones both shot two-over par 74 to tie for third place. Zach Norris of Jackson County was medalist with a 71, and Trinity won the 18-team tournament with a score of 300.
Molen shot 80 Saturday, followed by Ben Nolan, 81, and Will Harnice, 83.
Franklin County’s B team shot 345 and placed 11th Saturday. John Harnice led the team with an 83. Kellerman, Sam Nolan and Walker Lee shot 87, and Bruce shot 94.
It was the second of 10 tournaments the Flyers will play this season.
The most important tournament will be the FCHS’ 11th of the season, the 9th Region tournament Sept. 30 at Gibson Bay in Richmond.
“The 9th Region, even when it’s down, is better than almost every other region,” Myers said.
“It’s never easy. We’ve lost a shot at the state tournament three times by two shots or less and last year we lost out by three shots. You can never take anything for granted.”
Cook qualified for state last season as an individual.
“I feel good about our team,” Myers said. “I think we’ll be seven or eight deep going into the season. I think some of our toughest competition all year will be within the team for playing time.”
nFranklin County’s junior varsity golf team captured the Lafayette JV Invitational Friday at Picadome.
The Flyers won with a score of 312, and FCHS sophomore Tyler Cleveland was the individual runner-up with a 77.
John Harnice and Will Harnice both shot 78, Sam Nolan shot 79, and Bruce finished with a 90.